Last week, a photo of a young Darrell Bevell fresh off a Rose Bowl victory as the Wisconsin Badgers quarterback lined shoulder-to-shoulder with an early-career Brett Favre went viral. The two would later reunite in 2000, when Bevell got his first NFL job as the Packers assistant quarterback. The two have since grown to know and love each other, and that was apparent this week when Favre joined SiriusXM to hype of Bevell after his first career win.
“I think he’s a very brilliant offensive-minded coach,” Favre said on The SiriusXM Blitz with Brett Favre. “Very low key, not a big rah rah guy, kind of tells you what he’s thinking, and easy to get along with.”
There’s no doubt that Bevell made drastic changes to Detroit’s offensive gameplan in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears. Matthew Stafford looked like the quarterback of old, and even Marvin Jones Jr. had a throwback performance.
For Favre, this opportunity for Bevell—who has spent the last 20 years coaching in the NFL—was long overdue.
“Darrell is very capable,” Favre said. “I think, again, he’s deserved a shot long before, in my opinion.”
- 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh joined Adam Schefter’s podcast late last week and spoke briefly about the hype around him for the Lions head coaching job. Though he says he hasn’t even really thought about it, he admits he’s been flooded with texts from friends and family about it.
- T.J. Hockenson has been very good this year. Very, very good:
Among all NFC tight ends, @Lions TE @TheeHOCK8 ranks:— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) December 8, 2020
- 1st in receptions (52)
- 1st in yards (614)
- 1st in YAC yards (288)
- 1st in receiving 1st downs (33)
- 1st in 10+ yard receptions (28)
- t-2nd in receiving TDs (5)
-t-3rd in 25+ yard receptions (4)#ProBowlVote#OnePride pic.twitter.com/QUzAAWgN5a
So... uh... are we going to talk about the year T.J. Hockenson is having or nah?— Jeremy Reisman (@DetroitOnLion) December 8, 2020
- 3rd among TEs in receiving yards
- t-6th in TDs
- 4th in PFF grade (12th as a run blocker)
His Pro Bowl nod--should he get it--is completely deserved.
- Former Lions tight end Isaac Nauta, who was waived by the team on Saturday, is signing to the Packers’ practice squad.
- Good get for ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. He chatted with former Lions interim general manager Sheldon White, who took over midseason when Martin Mayhew was dismissed:
NEW POD!— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) December 8, 2020
Former Detroit Lions interim GM, exec and player Sheldon White joins the show to explain life as an interim, what a good GM can do and much more.
Spotify: https://t.co/lQFSkGVRrs pic.twitter.com/Akt1bwrMaG
- Chris Burke of The Athletic looked deep into the Bears game to see exactly what changed with Darrell Bevell at the helm.
- Marvin Jones Jr. isn’t one to publicly speak out, but he, too, appears relieved that Matt Patricia was let go. He told NFL Network’s Mike Silver that “it’s been a while” since he’s had this much fun playing football: